The antioxidant myth

Perspective Back in 1972, Denham Harman predicted in a serious nutrition journal that an antioxidant supplement on top of a good normal diet might increase life expectancy by up to 7 years. Over the following decades the idea has been widely promoted that extra antioxidants in the form of supplements or antioxidant-rich foods would reduce…

Research fraud and error – *New Book*

Potential titles “Reckless and dishonest. Error and fraud in biological and medical research” OR “Error and Fraud. The dark side of biological and medical research”   Nature of the book I hesitate to call it a popular science book but I have tried to write a book that will sell beyond the specialist academic market.…

Sugar tax for obesity?

Sugar tax for obesity- how strong is the evidence?   A report published in February 2016 by the UK Health Forum and Cancer Research UK concluded that a 20% tax on sugary drinks would prevent 3.7 million people in the UK from becoming obese over the next decade. This would stabilise obesity rates at the current…

Seven Portions of Fruit and Veg?

Dr Geoff recently went on ITV News to voice his opinion on this study. He would like to clarify his views and review the study properly in the report below: Seven Portions of Fruit and Veg? Overview The paper that caused such a media frenzy (1/04/2014) was an epidemiological study which confirmed that people who…

What wider impact has BSE had?

The lingering and painful deaths of 160 young people from variant CJD since 1995 has been a tragedy for them and their families. It is, however, at the very lowest end of earlier predictions about the size of this epidemic and for perspective compares with 45,000 deaths, many of children and young people, from road…

Why has the human epidemic of BSE been so small?

Most cases of BSE have been in older dairy cows and almost all of the infective material is concentrated in the brain, spinal cord, spleen, tonsils and other so-called specified bovine offal (SBO). This means that steaks and joints of muscle meat from young beef cattle have always been an unlikely source of infection. Cheap…

What caused the BSE epidemic?

The infective agent is called a prion and is a normal brain protein that has changed shape and cannot be broken down in the brain (and is also very heat resistant). When this prion comes into contact with normal brain protein it causes it to also change its shape and the accumulation of this abnormally…

*Video* Dr Geoff Webb: Dietary supplements and Functional Foods

Dr Geoff Webb was interviewed by Faculti about his book on Dietary supplements and Functional Foods published by Wiley-Blackwell. Thanks to the guys at Faculti! Interested in what you see? Dr Geoff is always keen to check out opportunities to talk about nutrition. Contact him via his blog, twitter or email: drgeoffnutrition@gmail.com Don’t forget to…

A Mini History of Mad Cow Disease (BSE)

Having taken a little break from posting, Dr Geoff is back with a bang! Over the next few posts Dr Geoff will be dealing with BSE or, as it is widely know, Mad Cow Disease. This first post gives a bit of background information about the disease before Dr Geoff delves into the causes, it’s…